By: Linda Spielman
There hasn't been a female
fronted band with such charisma since No Doubt in the early 1990s.
Paramore is redefining powerful, meaningful and unabashedly "balls
to the wall" rock music. The quartet from Tennessee have the ingredients
for success: amazing hooks, a strong stage presence and a new album,
Riot!, released in June 2007 on Fueled By Ramen that is well
worth more than one listen. With the uber-popular Misery Business
tearing through MTV video rotations and radio airplay, Paramore
have positioned themselves as one of the major "must sees" on the
2008 Warped Tour as well as on their tour opening for John Mayer
on selected dates.
Riot! is a fusion
of riff and emotion. One aimless night while channel surfing I stumbled
upon Paramore live at the Hard Rock. I put the remote down, feeling
very jaded by what I sometimes experience with my new favorite bands:
the disappointment of lack of authenticity of the performance. But,
vocalist Hayley Williams blew me away. Rarely does anyone want to
hear the exact same version of the CD at a live show. However, one
does hope that a group's live performance enhances what the CD has
showcased. Paramore have live stage presence and musical strength
far beyond their Generation Y years. Williams has a voice that is
as strong, clear and melodic as it is on the CD. And, she knows
how to work a crowd. The other band members which include Jeremy
Davis on bass, Josh Farro on guitar and Zac Farro on drums seem
to read each others minds while on stage, knowing exactly how and
when to improvise and add that extra punch to each of the songs.
It almost appears effortless on all of their parts.
Riot! is strong
and bold from beginning to end as it mixes angst and revelry like
a tsunami of emotions. While it was Misery Business that put Paramore
on the map, but follow up releases CrushCrushCrush and That's
What You Get show the band's lyrical backbone. Other stand-out
tracks are Miracle and For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic.
Both are realistic in how they verbalize what we expect from people
and from ourselves, how those expectations can be shattered and
most importantly, how attainable dreams really are.